Our Juvenile Lawyer Protects Your Child’s Legal Rights
Like other states, Colorado has established laws governing juvenile crimes. If a person younger than 18 years of age is charged with a crime, that person will usually be charged as a juvenile and will be tried in a juvenile court. Although juvenile court is often less punitive than the criminal justice process for adults, any type of criminal charge is a serious matter that requires the attention of a skilled juvenile lawyer.
At Mastro, Barnes & Stazzone in Denver, our legal team understands that a child’s still developing brain and poor judgment may sometimes lead them to make mistakes. It’s our goal to give every juvenile delinquent the legal representation they deserve so that they can preserve their future and their rights. We work closely with parents and the child throughout the legal process.
When Are Juvenile Crimes Charged in Adult Court?
Any defendant who is 12 years old or older can have their case begun in or moved to adult court if they are charged with a class 1 or class 2 felony. These types of felonies are the most serious crimes, such as sex offenses and other violent crimes. Even if your child’s case is directly filed in an adult court, you should contact a juvenile lawyer at Mastro, Barnes & Stazzone. Our legal team can file a reverse-transfer motion to argue in favor of having the case moved to juvenile court.
It’s always in your child’s best interests to be tried in juvenile court rather than adult court. This is because when juveniles are tried as adults, the penalties are far more severe and the long-term consequences can jeopardize their future.
What to Expect From the Juvenile Criminal Justice System
If your child is arrested, the law enforcement agency will promptly notify you. At this point, it’s possible for the police to release your child into your custody, provided you will ensure your child shows up for the court date and the violation is minor. If your child is accused of committing a violent crime or of threatening violence, however, they will be placed in a mandatory hold while an investigation takes place.
Then, the court will hold a detention hearing. It’s absolutely imperative to contact Mastro, Barnes & Stazzone prior to the hearing. The juvenile lawyer at our law firm will represent your child during this hearing. The detention hearing allows the judge to advise your child of their rights and determine whether there is sufficient evidence to continue to hold them.
Our juvenile lawyer will argue in favor of your child’s release. The judge may grant a personal recognizance release or the judge may require bail. If your child is released, they may be placed on a supervised pretrial release. During a supervised release, your child may be subjected to any of the following:
- GPS monitoring
- Home checks by the police
- Random drug testing
The next hearing is the return filing hearing. At this point, the prosecutor may recommend dismissing the charges, referring your child to a rehabilitation program, or proceeding with the juvenile crimes trial. While the prosecutor is busy preparing their case, our law firm will get to work preparing yours. We’ll vigorously argue in favor of dismissing the charges if the evidence against your child is weak. Otherwise, referral to a rehabilitation program is your child’s best choice. If your child’s case does go to trial, rest assured that our legal team will leave no stone unturned to protect your child’s freedom and future.
Consult Our Juvenile Lawyer in Denver, CO
The team at Mastro, Barnes & Stazzone believes that children deserve second chances. We’ll fight to preserve your child’s legal rights and safeguard their future from the adverse consequences of having a criminal history. If your child has been arrested or you suspect they are under investigation, call us promptly at (303) 757-4971 to schedule a free consultation.